- 37,876 kms
- 20 min
Average distance of hitchhiked trip: 220 kms
- 15 very good experiences
- 524 good experiences
- 3 neutral experiences
- 1 bad experiences
Type of rides:
- 54 rides with a truck
- 329 rides with a car
- 8 rides with a bus
- 2 rides with a motorcycle
I'm a Slovak hitchhiker from Bratislava. Happy to host you if you ever end up in my neck of the woods :)
Brno → Vienna
Nice guy who does daily deliveries to Vienna. We talked about our lives and how he's been delivering to the same Austrian company for the past 30 years. I really liked his Moravian accent. Offered to take me to Vienna anytime I feel like it, as he pretty much always departs from the same spot at the same time.
|05 April 2019|
Lukovica pri Domžalah → Brno
Two Slovenian women
Two Slovenian women who I talked to in my broken Serbian. Didnt hesitate much. Fairly quiet ride, but later asked if I spoke English and we talked for a bit. Took me to Maribor.
My heart skipped a beat when I saw a Slovak license plate. It was two Slovak Hungarians going home from Italy in a van and although they werent going far, it was in the right direction and past a highway junction. While waiting for them to refill and a random Slovenian pulled up and asked if I needed a ride, owning up to Slovenias good hh reputation.
Austrian youth soccer team
Talked to these guys at a gas station in Slovenia and they were going all the way to Vienna in a bunch of vans, which was awesome. They were returning from some soccer turnament in Croatia, where theyd lost. Didnt talk much, their accent was almost incomprehensible for my petite Hochdeutsch ears. Dropped me off at a pretty deserted gas station before Vienna.
Italian guy with a Czech wife
Asked this guy in an Italian van, not giving it much of a chance. However, it turned out the guy had a Czech wife back in Italy and was going to Olomouc! He was delivering marble panels to some posh apartment all the way in Stockholm! We had a great conversation and talked about how hes installed these marble panels his entire life and how he worked in Prague in the early 90s… (read on in Trip)
|17 February 2019|
Brno → Ljubljana
Polish guy who I talked to at my favorite gas station in Brno. He was going to some village near Vienna, but considering my previous experience with gas stations on the Brno-Vienna autobahn, I decided to get out at the border and hitch there. The guy worked as maintenace for cell towers, which I found fascinating, so we had a really interesting conversation about it. He… (read on in Trip)
Awesome Ukrainian trucker
Getting of at the Austrian border really paid off, as a Polish truck pulled over fairly quickly thanks to my "Graz" sign. He was going all the way there, so this was a perfect ride, getting me past the nightmare of Vienna. The trucker was Ukrainian and we had a great conversation in Russian. He used to be a smuggler between Ukraine and the rebel held territories, which he said… (read on in Trip)
Austrian guy driving an old "handicapped transport" van. Talked to him after a fairly long wait at a gas statio, which I though was great originally. Although it was a bit difficult to understand his German, we still had a good conversation about how Flixbus fucked me over (the one time I didnt hitchhike and took a bus to catch a flight and guess what, the guy takes off with… (read on in Trip)
Entrepreneur from Brno
I was quite happy to see a Czech license plate at a gas station, which seemed a bit dead. The guy actually departed from Brno a couple of hours later than I did and was actually going all the way to Ljubljana! We had a really interesting conversation about his business (he owned a clothing company) and it was so exciting to listen to someone with so much experience. We talked… (read on in Trip)
|11 February 2019|
Brno → Vienna
I was waiting at a terrible spot (found a much better one later on), but a truck quickly pulled over. The guy was delivering mail to a distribution center, which is fairly unusual (theyre usually not allowed to pick up hhkers). They guy was quite sarcastic, but fun. Drove me to a pretty good spot.
Guy from Brno collecting water in the reservoir
Really nice guy who regularly drives back and forth between the reservoirs on the Austrian border to collect water to drink in Brno. Went out of his way to get me as far as possible towards the border.
Nice Belarussian trucker in a Polish truck. We talked in Russian about Belarus, Poland and stuff. Drove me to a pretty bad gas station right in front of Vienna.
Terrible spot - awesome ride
After an hour of abosutely no one going towards Vienna and trying to get the hell out of the gas station/autobahn, I gave up and went back to the gas station. While still walking on the on-ramp a car approached and I tried to hitch it. It was a mom with her kids going to a mall south of Vienna. They were really nice and we had a nice conversation about hitching and how she had Czech ancestry.
|12 January 2019|
Rybachy → Elblag
Nice older guy who talked a lot about the history of Kaliningrad and pointed out nice old German buildings along the way. Also pointed out a military base, which we passed by and which was insanely secured (signaling strips, armed soldiers, razor wire fences, electric wire…). In the end he went out of his way to get me to the border crossing. He showed me his military ID as… (read on in Trip)
Insane Polish (ex)smuggler
Guy in a small Polish truck, who was going to Russia pretty much just to get cheaper gas. The crossing took a while because it was a Polish border obviously… We talked about everything and the guy kept mentioning that he used to work with the customs agents, which I didnt quite understand. Once we finally got to the Polish checkpoint, he was directed into the xray (for… (read on in Trip)
Russian marshrutka for free
I was all fresh after spending a perfect night in my tent on a sand dune overlooking the sea – it was a national park, so probably illegal AF… Walked through the forest back to the main road and after a fairly short wait a van pulled over and was going all the way to Kaliningrad, which was perfect, as I need to get all the way to Gdansk that way. It turned out to be a… (read on in Trip)
|20 August 2018|
|Zelenogradsk → Rybachy 35km 1||19 August 2018|
|Kaliningrad → Zelenogradsk 26km 1||19 August 2018|
Kamionki Duże → Kaliningrad
A nice Russian couple going all the way to Kaliningrad, who turned around to take me as they saw my "Rus" sign. They had their own car repair business and went shopping in Poland. We talked a bit about our countries and enjoyed a fairly reasonable wait at the border – while waiting, we met a bunch of Russian bikers and you could just see the joy and excitement in the drivers… (read on in Trip)
Nice family, who was on a vacation up north and took me to Malbork.
|17 August 2018|
Kraków → Kamionki Duże
Interesting guy from Katowice, who worked in Krakow. Had a good conversation about corpo life and how he started to work for IBM back in the day. He some really interesting anecdotes and I really enjoyed talking to him.
My heart skipped a beat when a Russian license plate pulled over, thinking they might be headed all the way to Kaliningrad, which would have been an awesome hitch from the outskirts of Katowice. They were not, but still pretty awesome. The guys were returning from a festival in Budapest to Moscow via Belarus and were headed to Czestochowa for the night. I really liked being… (read on in Trip)
Most amazing Polish pair
A Polish pair, who was just returning from helping out refugees in Serbia (or was it Greece?). He had a fanastic conversation and they were also hosting on CS. Offered me a place to stay as it was already dark at that point. but I wanted to get as far north on the autostrada as possible, so I declined and chose to get off at a gas station instead. The girl studied in China,… (read on in Trip)
Short wait at a gas station
After a day full of awesome rides, I was ready to get to Gdansk that night (which is crazy considering I'd started hitching after work, so at around 5pm). Asked pretty much like two people and the third said yes (also a bit hesitantly). It was a family traveling in two cars and towing another one. Didn't talk much, but were driving all the way to Gdansk! Nevertheless, their… (read on in Trip)
|16 August 2018|
|Martin → Kraków 175km 10||15 July 2018|
|Skomielna Biała → Martin 125km 6||13 July 2018|
|Trstená → Myslenice 75km 3||23 April 2018|
|Marrakesh → Essaouira 167km 3||10 January 2018|
Elifaz → Eilat
The first time I hitched a bus
So I was with a Polish couple, who I met earlier at Timna Park and we were going back to Eilat. This bus stopped (we were at a bus stop) and guy was on the phone. I approached thinking he stopped for us, which he didn't (he stopped to talk on the phone). We told him we were going to Eilat, so he decided to take us for free, as he was returning from a trip. Didn't speak much… (read on in Trip)
|06 November 2017|
Eilat → Elifaz
Ride to town with an accidental hhiker
I was going to probably take a bus, but decided to hitch anyway and pretty soon a cute Israeli girl pulled over. There was another girl at the stop who also asked if she could join and we both got a ride to Eilat from the border.
Airport security guard
The guy was a security guard at the new Eilat airport – he was one of the famous (or rather infamous) interviewers (or rather interrogators?), but he was nice and we talked a bit about his job. He d just flown in from Tel Aviv and was on his way to the construction site of the new airport.
Two German girls and hitching with a Polish couple
I finally got to Timna park, but unfortunately they didnt have bikes to rent out at the entrance. I was with a Polish couple, who Id met shortly before, so we decided to hitch to the last station and borrow the bikes there. Two German girls took us, but it was a fairly short ride.
|06 November 2017|
Dahab → Taba
paid police police
Two nice guys who drove me to the main road checkpoint. Didn't ask for money like almost everyone in Dahab and were really happy to take a foreigner.
Two Guys Delivering Something
Two guys in a pick up truck, one of whom spoke a little English, which combined with my poor Arabic worked great. A policeman at a checkpoint actually hitched them for me, which was awesome as I'd only waited about 5 minutes and they were going directly to Taba. Was a little reluctant to add this trip since they did ask for money at the end of the ride and I gave them about… (read on in Trip)
Cops Detain Me and Hitch My Last Egyptian Ride
The police were pretty agitated to see a foreigner in a regular Egyptians' car – only taxis are allowed to take foreigners, although Egyptians can hitch just fine… They were also pretty pissed off at me, saying "no money, no money" before I had a chance to explain myself. Was stuck at the checkpoint for 2 hrs (with them not allowing me to leave on foot, even though Taba was… (read on in Trip)
|05 November 2017|
Nuweibaa → El Tor
First ride in Egypt!
After a fairly short wait, I hitched my first ride in Egypt! The guy was nice and we were able to communicate using my limited Arabic and google translate. Talked about prices in Egypt and back home. The guy was transporting natural gas and all the cops knew him, so no one bothered us at the checkpoints. I considered going via St. Catherine, but eventually decided against it.
Bedouin guy + Cops half-hitch a bus to Cairo
Really nice bedouin guy, who spoke good German as it turned out hed lived in Switzerland for a while and was even a citizen. Helped me buy a sim card, which was perfect as I was able to let my hosts in Cairo know that I was on my way. We talked a lot about morals and about Bedouin life. He was going deep into the Sinai hills and I wouldve loved to visit his village. But I had… (read on in Trip)
|31 October 2017|
|Kraków → Pyrzowice 106km 5||30 October 2017|
|Jabłonka → Martin 93km 1||16 October 2017|
|Sučany → Kraków 174km 8||15 October 2017|